Some lighting experts say that if you are going to change one thing about your lighting, add some dimmers. Don’tswitch to CFLs or LEDs.
According to this thought, LEDs are more efficient and certainly have benefits. However, they require user adjustment because they are not exactly the same as the incandescents. And, that is what we are all used to. Conversely, dimmers do not require a learning curve while providing flexibility, comfort, and beauty.
“Even if you never use the dimmer you installed, it saves about four percent of the energy for that light,” according to Michael Smith, a VP at Lutron. Modern electronic dimmers, which have dominated the market the last few years, have circuitry that optimizes efficiency. The principle is simple: you dim the lights down, you use less energy.
Many dimmers come with remote controls, and they can be readily tied in to whole-house systems and programmed for security and convenience.